Working behind his traditional, glass-front sushi bar, Chef Sho makes believers out of discriminating palates by forging an alluring Japanese menu of delicately fried delights and richly flavored fish straight from the sea. Warm, exotic appetizers such as broiled squid fire gustatory starting pistols before diners delve into heartier entrees from the kitchen, including beef marinated in teriyaki sauce, pork sautéed in ginger sauce, and vegetable tempura.
Ranked first of 177 Zagat rated sushi restaurants, Takara Japanese Restaurant’s sushi bar showcases Sho’s knack for marrying unique flavors, as tasted in the Love lobster roll, whose spicy mayo adds a tangy zest to sweet crustacean flavors. Rather than swallowing a television remote, diners can mute growling stomachs with the Oz roll’s blend of tuna and buttery avocado sliced with laser-like precision. Takara Japanese Restaurant offers catering for private and holiday events, please contact for more information.
Though DEKS American Restaurant is located in the historic Hallock House—Rocky Point's oldest commercial building—its approach is distinctly contemporary, pairing artful entrees with an evolving rotation of 190 craft beers and imports. Cooks marinate and blacken porterhouse steaks, slather baby back ribs in barbecue sauce, and sauté shrimp and chicken to serve with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes over pasta. In addition to these mainstays, each month brings a new themed menu featuring unique and seasonal favorites, such as "Cajunfest" and Oktoberfest.
Daniel Carmody's Restaurant & Public House treats patrons to ice-cold beers paired with a spread of hearty plates home-made with fresh ingredients, from beer-battered fish and chips to rib eye steaks and spicy chicken wings. As they laugh with friends and sip frosty brews, guests watch sports on an arsenal of 25 televisions, or dance and sing along to live music each Friday and Saturday night.
The Stone and Paddle’s California-style thin-crust pizzas acquire their subtle crunch while baking atop a hot stone in a 600-degree oven. Gourmet toppings such as hot sausage, shrimp and artichoke, and spinach and gorgonzola grace the pies, which share table space with flatbread sandwiches that are also stone-baked. Though chefs must return nightly to the steel-encased bunker where they safeguard their secret dough recipe, guests can enjoy a new location in Rocky Hill, linger on the shaded patio at the Vernon location or watch sports on Manchester's flat-screen TVs.
Swathed in muted earth tones, the interior of Common House Kitchen & Bar is chic but low-key. That's good, because it keeps the focus on the food: an all-day menu of classy and contemporary American cuisine. Signature items include crab cakes spiked with lump crabmeat over a red pepper aioli, and colorful beet sliders served with goat cheese and tender greens. Located inside the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Common House is also open for breakfast. Then, chefs plate up classics such as eggs benedict or new dishes with a creative twist?such as corn-flake encrusted French toast with bananas and strawberries.
At Caruso's, Italian cuisine is the star of the show. On an outdoor patio or indoor dining room, forks can be found twirling through plates of spaghetti and linguine or spearing nubs of homemade gnocchi. In the kitchen, chefs make sure to use fresh ingredients in each of their dishes, sourcing items locally when possible. Local littleneck clams made an appearance on the menu, while Long Island's own Pellegrini chardonnay and merlot can be found amidst the wine list's Italian and Californian options. Diners may also opt to recreate the restaurant experience in their own home with a take-home pie from Caruso's attached brick-oven pizzeria and white tablecloths draped over the family dog.